To earn the IB Diploma, students must: Complete course and exam requirements in six IB subjects; write an extended essay of independent research on a topic chosen by the student and guided by a faculty mentor; Complete Creativity, Activity, and Service activities (CAS); Participate in a critical thinking course called TOK.
- Theory of Knowledge (ToK) is a course for full IB Diploma candidates that challenges students to question the basis of knowledge, to be aware of subjective and ideological biases, and to develop a personal mode of thought based on analysis of evidence expressed in rational argument. ToK seeks to develop a coherent approach to learning which transcends and unifies all academic subjects and encourages appreciation of other cultural perspectives. ToK classes at Commack High School meet one period every other day during both the junior and senior years.
- Creativity, Activity, Service(CAS) is the part of the IB Diploma Program that requires students to engage in and on reflect on multiple experiences along side their academic studies. The CAS requirement takes the importance of life outside of the classroom seriously and as a counterbalance to a demanding school program.
- The Extended Essay (EE) requires IB Diploma candidates to undertake in original research and writing of an approximately 3,000-4,000 word paper. This task offers students the opportunity to investigate a topic of their interest, choose their own mentor from our faculty and acquaint themselves with the kind of independent research and writing skills expected at the university level. Please consult the Extended Essay section on this website and Dr. Jeziorski’s (our EE Coordinator) webpage for more information regarding the EE.